Theresa May has been warned not to 'tie the hands' of her successor

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Theresa May has been warned not to 'tie the hands' of her successor by hiring a new ambassador to the United States before she leaves Downing Street.

Sir Kim Darroch resigned on Wednesday as it had become 'impossible' for him to carry out his duties effectively in the wake of the firestorm over his private advice to ministers.

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It followed a tirade of abuse by Mr Trump who branded him a 'very stupid guy' and a 'pompous fool' and said the administration would have no further dealings with him.

Sir Kim's position came under further pressure after Mr Johnson, the Tory leadership front runner, repeatedly refused to back him in Tuesday's televised debate.

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Mrs May has been told by allies of Boris Johnson, who is still the favourite to be the next Tory leader and Prime Minister, she should not make the appointment as her final act before she leaves No10.

MP Steve Baker, a supporter of Mr Johnson, told The Times said: 'It is absolutely vital that our ambassador is able to make a strong, heartfelt case for our future status as an independent trading nation and work with Congress.

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'With all that in mind a new ambassador must be appointed by the new prime minister.

'It would be totally unacceptable in such circumstances to tie the future prime minister's hands.'

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And Julian Lewis, the Tory chairman of the defence select committee, told The Daily Telegraph she should resist the 'temptation for an outgoing prime minister to appoint to a plum job one of her inner circle'.

It comes as Sir Kim Darroch fired a parting blast at Boris Johnson last night after quitting his post.

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Diplomatic sources said Sir Kim Darroch used a phone call with the Tory leadership favourite to tell him that his refusal to support him in his row with Donald...
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